Immunity could be lifted for diplomat’s husband who allegedly beat her
The British diplomat allegedly beaten by her husband in their Manhattan apartment only to see him dodge charges thanks to her diplomatic immunity may get justice after all, as a U.S. Congresswoman said she wants the protection lifted so the case can be tried.
“The United Kingdom should waive this abuser’s diplomatic immunity so that he can be held accountable for his actions,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D – Manhattan), whose district covers the East 47th Street apartment in which Youssef Amrouche allegedly attacked his wife on Saturday morning.
The 46-year-old victim frantically called NYPD cops around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, claiming that Amrouche, 37, had hit her in the face, according to police sources.
When cops arrived, they briefly arrested Amrouche, but were forced to let him go — because he too was covered by the diplomatic immunity of his wife, who works for the UK ambassador to the United Nations, sources said.
Maloney, who formerly co-chaired the House Caucus on Women’s Issues in D.C., plans to petition both the British Embassy and the U.S. State Department to close Amrouche’s loophole and give New York authorities a crack at the case.
“Domestic abuse cannot be tolerated, no matter if it is committed by a diplomat or not,” said Maloney.
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